Romney’s Connecticut team is a who’s who of state GOP leaders

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney today named his leadership team in Connecticut for his presidential bid, including House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, who will be the co-chairmen.

“I am proud to announce my supporters in Connecticut,” Romney said in a statement. “Connecticut voters want a president with a record of job creation, cutting spending, and keeping taxes low. That is why I am running for President. These leaders will help me as I reach out to voters in Connecticut spreading this pro-growth message and working to bring jobs back to the state and the country.”

Cafero said: “Connecticut voters are looking for someone who has experience working in the real economy. After three years of failed policies, it is clear that we need a candidate who will defeat President Obama and get America’s fiscal house in order.”

“With millions of Americans unemployed, is time for a president who will get people back to work. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands what is required to create jobs,” said McKinney, who like Cafero, made his remarks in a news release from Romney’s campaign. “As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Washington needs this kind of leadership more than ever.”

Romney also garnered the support of Kevin O’Connor; former Connecticut U.S. Attorney; Rob Simmons, former member of Congress from the Second District; Larry DeNardis, a former member of Congress and the former president of the University of New Haven; state Sen Antonietta Boucher, R-Wilton; state Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich; state Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown; state Sen. Michael McLachlan, D-Danbury; state Sen. Kevin Witkos, R-Canton; Dan Debicella; former state senator; and Jim Campbell, Greenwich Town Republican chairman.